Staff

Our Pastors

Brian S. Chan

Lead Pastor

Brian grew up in San Francisco as a first generation Chinese-American born in the States.  He has a master of theology and a master of arts in education from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry from Talbot School of Theology.  He teaches the integration of beauty, art, creativity and film with theology and faith at Biola University.  He’s an exhibiting fine artist, an author, and a martial artist in kung fu.  He’s married to Ellen for over 20 years and is a dad to Josiah.  Brian’s passion is to manifest the beauty of God that inspires a mad love for Him.

Bob Drummond

Executive Pastor

Bob grew up in Southern California as a 6th generation native Californian.  He spent 13 years as a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District and 11 years as the principal of the Los Angeles Christian and Watts Christian Schools with World Impact, Inc.  Bob has been married to Kathy since 1981.  They have two married adult daughters and three young grandsons. Bob is passionate about Christ’s Church and loves serving at Emmanuel Church as a leader, administrator, teacher, and discipler.

Our Team

Andrea Di Francia

Student Ministry

Andrea Di Francia

Andrea comes from Italy and moved to the US in 2009. He studied Drums Performance at LA Music Academy and completed theological studies through The Urban Ministry Institute.  Andrea loves serving Jesus, especially in the areas of Youth Ministries and Young Adults Ministries through teaching, shepherding, and discipling.
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Matt Hiett

Facilities Director

Matt Hiett

Born and raised in Burbank, Matt Hiett attended Emmanuel for 20+ years. He began working at the church as a custodian in 2013 in addition to serving as a youth worship leader.  Since then, he has been promoted to the Facility Management position, and has pursued a deeper theological education through TUMI classes. He currently serves through his FM position as well as teaching the “Roots” life group and as a High School leader.
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Connie Karman

Spiritual Direction & Formation

Connie Karman

Connie Karman was born and raised in Burbank. She has been married to Randy for over forty years. She has two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. She has a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Seminary and has training in Spiritual Direction through New Way Ministries with Larry Crabb. She served as Women’s Ministries Director and is currently serving in Spiritual Direction & Formation. When Connie is not working she loves spending time with friends and family, playing games, and reading.  Connie has a passion to see people find freedom and rest as they grow both spiritually and emotionally into mature believers.
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Billye Johnstone

Worship & Music

Billye Johnstone

Billye grew up in the San Fernando Valley and was called by God to serve with her voice at Emmanuel, beginning at age 15. After enjoying a successful career in the music industry, Billye was called to full-time ministry at Emmanuel. Throughout this time, she also developed a career as a lead and background vocalist in many settings, and a ministry as a Christian singer, speaker and worship leader. While Billye holds many roles in her life, her service at Emmanuel is one of her greatest joys, and her most treasured, is that of wife and mom. A principle of hers is, "God does not call the equipped. He equips the called."
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